CM Punk’s sabbatical remains one of the biggest mysteries of the WWE Universe. Nobody within the inner circles of that universe has spoken about Punk…until now. Leave it to Paul Heyman to cross that line and speak freely on the taboo topic.
Heyman wound up as a piece in the Punk puzzle when he came out on RAW in Chicago and talked at length about Punk. The promo was brilliant, gutsy, and controversial in that some fans and media still don’t quite understand why the WWE would give time to a guy who walked out on the company. Even more controversial was what was said and what wasn’t said. Bill Donnelly of the This Infamous asked Heyman about it and offered new insight into one of the strangest moments on RAW in 2014.
“The easiest interview I’ve ever done in my entire career. Because I knew the task at hand. Think about this. I didn’t say one disparaging thing about CM Punk. It’s because I have nothing disparaging to say about him. I said, “If CM Punk were in this ring tonight, he would prove to everyone that he is what he always claims to be: The best in the world.” And I believe that to be true! I said everything about CM Punk that I felt in my heart and at the end of the day, we don’t have that television show on the air to sing the praises of those who are not with us or just heap praise on people because we like them. The television show is a promotional vehicle to entice the audience to purchase the network or the individual pay-per-view. My task at hand is to elicit the response from the viewer that they find the Brock Lesnar versus Undertaker match compelling enough to purchase the pay-per-view or get involved with WWE Network to see the match. So when I went out in Chicago, I knew my responsibility was to sell you on Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker any way that I had to, which included sitting there for the first ten minutes and discussing the 800-pound elephant in the room, which is why CM Punk wasn’t appearing in his hometown.”
That was an interesting answer out of Heyman, especially crediting Punk as the “best in the world”. What I found fascinating is Heyman calling it the easiest promo of his career. That is why he is one of the best ever and the only manager to adapt to four decades of changes in the industry. Think about that one for a second. What other manager who was on the national scene in 1988 has been able to adapt as successfully as Heyman? The man is truly a genius.
Even more taboo than the interview is the question about Punk’s future with the WWE. Heyman was asked about it and offered rare insight from someone on the inside.
“You know, there were only three people in the room that night, and that was CM Punk, Vince McMahon and Triple H, and none of the three have talked about it. So whether CM Punk will ever or won’t ever appear in WWE again is truly only known by the three people that were in the room on that given evening. Anything else that is stated about it is merely speculation.”
Just when you think you have heard everything about the Punk story another layer unravels. Leave it to Heyman to stir things up once again. E-C-dub!
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